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Mahoning County dog warden studies possible ties in recent abuse cases

Published: Fri, February 10, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

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It’s too early to tell whether recent cases of dog abuse and killings are related, the Mahoning County dog warden said Thursday.

Five incidents of dog killings and abuse have taken place in the county since Jan. 30.

The two most recent were discovered Wednesday when a witness found a dead dog hanging by wire from a tree in a secluded area off Salt Springs Road and when a landlord discovered a black Labrador retriever with its right rear leg chopped off. The black lab underwent surgery, is stable and will be up for adoption soon.

County Dog Warden Matt Ditchey said Animal Charity will perform a necropsy on the dead dog to determine the cause of death.

“Fortunately, we found it while it still looked like a dog,” he said, suspecting it had been hanging for a couple of days.

He said some of the abuse cases could be related, but he doesn’t believe the two dogs tossed from an Interstate 680 overpass onto East Midlothian Boulevard on Monday and Wednesday’s instances to be related to the two German-shepherd puppies found dead in a median downtown on Jan. 30.

Ditchey said he has never seen “this many, this intense, this cruel of cases in such a short period of time.”


1kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

When they find this guy they should let the people have the first whack at him before going to trial. This sicko needs to learn what torture is REALLY about! I've never heard of a serial animal killer before but this guy takes the cake! He needs to be put in prison for a very long time, that is unless he gets Judge Sweeney - she'll put him back on the streets before lunch.

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2pgurney(296 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Meaning there is most likely more than one monster on the loose?

God help us.

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3Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

""Ditchey said he has never seen “this many, this intense, this cruel of cases in such a short period of time.”

Because the little sorry cowardly waste of human DNA cannot be human. We need to find these little sissy cowards and make a public example out of them. Useless pitiful cockroaches that you wish you could squish.

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4Scope9137(7 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Please find these people and skin them alive!

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5615Morgan(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

i hope law enforcement doesn't find those responsible for this before an animal lover does. the police can arrest them, and then the justice system will slap them on the hand and say "bad". they deserve more, much, much more.

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6MOLOCH(21 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I think all the cases are the same person/people. Killing a different way each time. If that barn fire is arson i think they did that too. Could be dog fighters giving the humane department something else to do besides going after them. I hope they pick the wrong dog and it rips their throat/throats out.

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